Massey Ferguson: Trouble-Free Emissions
Maintenance-free emissions systems on Massey Ferguson® tractors mean compliance without the headaches … and no additional costs.
By Tharran E. Gaines | Photos By Mark Wallhesier
Meeting increasingly stringent EPA standards can be difficult enough for many producers, without having to add frequent maintenance to the formula. Fortunately, Massey Ferguson saw to it that emissions system maintenance is practically trouble-free on all midsize and high-horsepower tractors, reducing downtime and expense, especially compared to competitive designs.
“First of all, the 4600, 5600 and 6600 series tractors don’t have a diesel particulate filter (DPF) that needs to be cleaned through a regeneration process or replaced at certain intervals,” says Brandon Montgomery, AGCO product manager for Massey Ferguson GC1700-6600 series tractors. As Montgomery notes, regeneration not only generates excessive heat, which can be a hazard if not done safely, but new filters can cost up to $2,000 to replace and even $1,500 to clean, depending upon the size and tractor model.
“Instead, Massey Ferguson 4600 Series tractors are equipped with only an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system, high pressure common rail (HPCR) and a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) that is designed to last for the life of the tractor. The same goes for the MF5609 and MF5610 models, which use the same 3.3-liter, 3-cylinder engine emission technology.
“Even the larger Massey Ferguson series, like the 6600 and the 5600 large-frame models, require nothing more than filling the DEF tank,” Montgomery adds, noting that these models incorporate a diesel oxidation catalyst in combination with a second-generation selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system. “Even then, Massey Ferguson’s variable DEF [diesel exhaust fluid] injection and real-time exhaust monitoring system allow our engines to consume less DEF over time, saving money and refueling downtime.”
Montgomery says the fact that Massey Ferguson doesn’t use a DPF on its midsize tractors is particularly appealing to producers who use smaller tractors in poultry houses, or to pull wagons or sprayers in fruit and vegetable operations.
“Most of those applications are performed at low speeds,” he explains. “However, low engine speeds generate exhaust particulates even faster.”
That basically leaves operators with two choices: gear down and run the engine faster, so it generates more heat to burn off emissions—burning more fuel in the process—or clean and/or replace the DPF filter more often. Even if a DPF filter is within its normal service life or hasn’t been damaged, it generally requires a regeneration cycle, which calls for downtime, while the exhaust temperature is elevated to a point that accumulated particles are burned off.
“The fact that all but the very smallest Massey Ferguson tractors don’t use a DPF is huge,” Montgomery continues. “In most cases, the emissions system requires absolutely no maintenance. That not only saves time and fuel, but reduces the intense heat that builds in the exhaust system during the filter regeneration process.”
For more information on Massey Ferguson’s full line of midsize and utility tractors, see your Massey Ferguson dealer or log onto masseyferguson.com.